Health Topics

Taking Care of Baby’s Teeth

Babies can get cavities just like older children and adults. 

How to keep your baby’s teeth healthy

Here are some tips on how to keep your baby’s teeth healthy:

  • Clean your baby’s teeth every day
  • Lift your baby’s lip once a month to look at their teeth and gums
  • Take your baby to visit the dentist for the first time when they are one year old
  • Your child should drink from a cup without a lid by 18 months old
  • Use a favourite toy, hugs, stories or songs to comfort your child instead of using a bottle or sippy cup, breastfeeding or food

Letting your baby sleep while breastfeeding or with a bottle of juice or milk can harm their teeth.

How to clean your baby’s teeth

Here is how you should clean your baby’s teeth at different ages:

  • Wipe your baby’s teeth and gums with a wet cloth after feeding them, starting from birth.
  • When your baby gets teeth, use a soft infant toothbrush and water to clean their teeth.
  • If your child is under three years old, ask your dentist if you should use toothpaste to brush their teeth.
  • When your child is three years old, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to brush their teeth twice each day.  Make sure your child spits out the toothpaste after you finish brushing.